Capt. Diann Karin Lynn , 2000
Karin is a former US Navy captain who retired from a 30-year career in civil and ocean engineering for the Navy in 2007. She has an MS in Ocean Engineering from the University of Hawaii, and she was honored to be among the first female graduates of the Navy’s deep-sea diving school in 1983. From there she went on to specialize in diving and underwater systems, and among other assignments was the head of the Navy’s Ocean Facilities Program, where she oversaw about 250 professional military divers and ocean engineers worldwide. She keeps her marine science credentials active as an energetic member of ocean-related professional associations and activities. Dr. Landers consistently strives to increase the high level of medical support for the extremely hazardous diving conditions faced by her sailors. As part of her efforts to improve her support, Landers quickly attained the skills and qualifications to perform the same complex dive profiles required of her sailors, becoming the first female officer to do so. Grace continues to seek understanding of her environments, recently becoming an Intermediate Free Diver, a Fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine and qualifying as a Submarine Medical Officer, an honor only achieved by 30% of Navy Undersea Medical Officers.